Press release archive

Liberty welcomes JCHR’s call for inquiry into UK complicity in torture

04 August 2009

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights today called for an independent inquiry into UK complicity in torture and accused ministers of refusing to give full answers to its questions. It also critcised the Governments accountability on security and intelligence issues as ‘woefully deficient’.

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Liberty condemns High Court extradition decision

31 July 2009

Human rights group Liberty today condemned the High Court decision that Gary McKinnon’s extradition must go ahead. Gary McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has been charged with hacking into the US Pentagon and NASA systems between 1999 and 2002, an offence which was committed from his computer at home in London.

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Control orders: Government says ‘heads we win; tails you lose’

31 July 2009

Today the High Court revoked the first control order since the damning House of Lords decision in June. However, in a telling example of the Kafkaesque nature of the scheme, the Home Secretary presented a new control order to begin as soon as the current unlawful order ceases.

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Another Home Secretary; another ID card launch - as public support for the scheme sinks

30 July 2009

On the day that the Home Office re-launches the ID card scheme for the second time in ten months, a new Liberty-YouGov opinion poll demonstrates how public support for ID cards and the National Identity register is plummeting.

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Who cares about your privacy? Liberty joins forces with filmmaker to highlight dangers of ID card scheme

29 July 2009

Liberty, as part of its ‘Common Values’ campaign, will today release a powerful short film by graphic designer and filmmaker Will MacNeil about the threat to our personal privacy from the National Identity Register.

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Liberty condemns extradition of Andrew Symeou

23 July 2009

Today 20 year old student Andrew Symeou will be extradited to Greece without even basic evidence being shown to a UK judge. The evidence against Andrew is widely held to be seriously flawed yet he will be extradited with no opportunity for a British court to consider whether there is any case to answer.

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Control Orders in court once more

15 July 2009

Tomorrow the High Court will once again consider the legality of control orders. The courts have slammed the control order regime on a number of occasions.

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Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken MacDonald QC, joins with Liberty & Anti-Slavery International to push for slavery law

08 July 2009

Parliament is due to debate an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill tomorrow that will make servitude and forced labour an offence in the UK.

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Liberty response to claims UK 'outsourced torture'

08 July 2009

Former shadow home secretary David Davis MP claimed today to have seen "compelling" evidence that British intelligence services have "outsourced torture".

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Liberty response to O'Connor Report on Policing Protest

07 July 2009

In a report published today, HM Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor, calls for a human rights-based approach to policing protests. Liberty welcomes Mr O’Connor’s finding that the police have become too concerned with whether protesters have given formal prior notice, when the fundamental question should be whether they are peaceful.

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